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Can a booster shot protect you against Omicron?

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The White house has confirmed the nation has officially recorded its first case of Omicron Covid-19

The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22 and tested positive on November 29. 

They have been self-quarantining and all close contacts have been contacted and all have tested negative so far.

The US now joins a growing list of other countries that have confirmed cases of the variant, including Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.

Is a booster shot the answer?

This all comes as Israel’s health minister says there are “indications” that a booster shot may provide protection against Omicron.

Vaccine developers will have more information about whether their current shots are effective within the next fourteen days.

The World Health Organisation also expects to have further information regarding the transmissibility of the new variant and says the world could have answers within days, not weeks.

Fauci’s message

US infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci has also just addressed the nation during a White House press briefing.

Fauci says the discovery of the Omicron variant within America is just “another example of why it’s important for people to get vaccinated who’ve not been vaccinated… but also boosting.”

Fauci says variants in the past, like Delta, have shown that “even though the vaccine isn’t specifically targeted to such variants… when you get a high enough level of an immune response, you get spillover protection”.

Meanwhile, as nations right around the world move to halt the spread of Omicron, the WHO’s Director-General has hit out at recently-imposed travel bans.

The Director says “we do not want to see countries penalised for sharing information, because this is how WHO makes assessments and provides advice”.

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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Australia’s electricity grid faces an urgent overhaul as consumption dramatically doubles

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By 2050, AEMO has predicted that Australia’s electricity use will double due to renewable energy and electrification, prompting a necessary overhaul of the country’s aging power grid.

The adoption of renewable energy sources and electrification is set to double Australia’s electricity consumption by 2050.

The fast-adoption has created an urgent need for reconfiguration and enhancement of the nation’s century-old electricity grid.

James Hunt, Pacific Vice President of Power Systems and Services of Schneider Electric joins to discuss. #featured

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House of the Dragon season 2 profits despite review scores

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Viewership Surge: 1 Million Revisit “House of the Dragon” Ahead of Season 2.

 

HBO took a big bet on its “Game of Thrones” spin-off, with one million people rewatching the first season of “House of the Dragon” in the days leading up to the Season 2 premiere, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. However, not all reviews have been glowing. #featured #trending

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